30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: What happened to the euphoria? | To The Point

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Published on Nov 8, 2019
Germany is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But many in eastern Germany feel like second-class citizens left behind. Has it been a success story for everyone? Linda Vierecke grew up in the former GDR and was seven years old when the wall came down. Today she works as a reporter for DW and just finished a documentary about the fall of the wall. She thinks: "It's only now, three decades after the Wall came down, that we realize how radical the change was for people in the East." Catherine Nicholson works for France24. She believes: “Permanent euphoria is unrealistic: learning lessons from the past is more important” Anthony Paterson is a british freelance journalist, who witnessed the fall oft he wall first hand in 1989. He says: „Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall , the far right is winning a worrying amount amount of support in the once communist east.“ Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1 For more news go to: http://www.dw.com/en/ Follow DW on social media: ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwnews ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dw_stories/ Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: https://www.youtube.com/channel/deutschewelle #ToThePoint

37 Comments:

History Hustle
History Hustle:
Division in Germany is still there. Yet the country has one of the biggest economies and did better than other Central and Eastern European countries who only recently start to flourish.
Phoenix Uprising
Phoenix Uprising:
What happened to Euphoria?

It went to HBO!
Justus Shwafati
Justus Shwafati:
I am a German and very proud this was my dream since I was young boy!!!
Dennis Cambly
Dennis Cambly:
When the east German soldiers knocked down a piece of the wall it became a love fest of sorts.
Michael Ellard
Michael Ellard:
From Ireland the wall coming down and seeing all the videos still makes me cry.
Moses Nsereko
Moses Nsereko:
The Question is Did Germany learn anything after all the dilemma/catagamy events?????
WildwoodClaire1
WildwoodClaire1:
I don't think the situation in east Berlin has much in common with the situation in Chemnitz.
zamil thankyou
zamil thankyou:
Germany: strict rules, good people, this nation will prevail...
Red Power.红色的力量
Red Power.红色的力量:
Yep that what younger generation now only care dance together.
Justus Potgieter
Justus Potgieter:
Great interview ..thanks much!
Jay Mudd
Jay Mudd:
Read a book some 20 years ago the author predicted it would last for decades .published spring 1989
Ronique Breaux Jordan
Ronique Breaux Jordan:
Good discussions
Lady Tamaya
Lady Tamaya:
It was emotional but soon enough we realised how different “both Germans” view life. It was enormously difficult for East Germans to understand that a working day is 8 hours and social benefits less... west Germans were dismayed by how much East Germans expected in terms of immediate financial compensation and rights to every social benefit. Today things improved supported by understanding from both sides.
A T
A T:
Linda Vierecke is wonderful. I'm going to follow her reporting.
A T
A T:
"East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." --- Rudyard Kipling.
punxdeli
punxdeli:
Yea, solidarity, cos they forgot about the rest of the former communist block and all the countries that actually suffered many years after. And yea, they cover this pov in the interview also. Problem is, it still happens today in 2019 and nobody gives a fluff anymore, everyone is going after taxes and more money and so on.
Justin Higner
Justin Higner:
The world is looking into subjects like this to gauge, roughly at least, how a reunified Korea will mostly like age as it reunites. Since their separation has gone on longer, I suspect many more complications. But I believe it will happen one day. No one could have really predicted 1989, right?
inga robinson
inga robinson:
The better question is what happen to Germany now ? ! It is being destroyed by a Stalinist Communist atheist named Merkel . My Family fled from communist East Germany !
zamil thankyou
zamil thankyou:
The waether is bad, Ibiza is better than west germany...
Jay Mudd
Jay Mudd:
PS Korea was never a nation state
Chris Vy.
Chris Vy.:
Remember this statement comes from a German Social Writer in the past that German will turn to Russia for better life and prosperity. It will be better growing together with Religious and Sovereign Russian than British Monarchy or American Liberalism".
Some German has proven it, Stefan Durr in Vologda, Apollonovka Village in Omsk, etc. There are space, forest, clean air, natural silence, good people, and they work slowly-no stress in Russia. In western europe there is no space, there is no forest, the air is poluted, and-all the time the noisy sound. German and Russia share the leadership of Empress Ekaterina II.
Antonios Panayiotou
Antonios Panayiotou:
I suppose now President Putin can say to Israel ' take that wall down' and Mr. Trump don't build walls!!
Such double standards and bumptious hyppocrissy, wonder what generation will cry for Gaza, a million people walled in, half of which are children!!
Frank Cooper
Frank Cooper:
the transition of the original E.E.C. to a globalistic dictatorship known now as the EUROPEAN UNION telling nations to forget about their cultures and their sovereignties was not discussed.
Moses Nsereko
Moses Nsereko:
30yrs since the fall of the wall, but grt thanx goes to Almighty God, who gave American forces/British Navy who where determined to crush Russia (USSR) who where on Revenge a genda.
Stone Artisen
Stone Artisen:
Ah correct me if I'm wrong, but the fall of the wall happened because a communist regime that denied freedom fell FIRST
and people within Berlin had borders PROTECTED BY THE WALL AND TROOPS FROM NOT ONLY COMMUNIST WOULD BE RAPISTS AND CRIMINALS OUT TO CAUSE HARM - BUT ALSO THE WRATH OF A COMMUNIST ANTI-FREEDOM REGIEME
juanme555
juanme555:
30 years have passed and leftist U.S Americans still support Eastern Germany's system , havent learnt a thing.
rethina Samy
rethina Samy:
Great Mistake, breaking down the German Wall, Germany should construct the wall again